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Elizabeth Stivison

Elizabeth Stivison
Elizabeth Stivison is a careers columnist for ASBMB Today who writes about academic careers. She recently earned her Ph.D. at Columbia University studying mechanisms of DNA repair. She loves biology research and enjoys writing about new discoveries, as well as the different career paths people take. Her favorite parts of writing about science are diving into new topics outside her field of expertise and getting to know the amazing people behind the work. Everyone has their own story and their own thoughts about their work and their job, and having the privilege to interview people, learn about them, and share their insights with others brings Stivison so much joy. In her free time, she enjoys writing music, playing the guitar and drums, and taking her crazy dog Milo to the park.

Articles by Elizabeth Stivison

What is it like to be a professor at a primarily undergraduate institution?
Jobs

Being a professor at a PUI

7/24/2020
Careers columnist Elizabeth Stivison talked to professors at PUIs about how they prepared for careers that center teaching, how they incorporate and pay for research, and what they look for in job applicants.
How can labs reopen safely?
Life in the Lab

How can labs reopen safely?

7/3/2020
Labs are trying to reopen and get back to research while not spreading COVID-19. Great goal, but how do we do that?
Neurodiversity: How to make your lab more inclusive (part 2)
Professional Development

Neurodiversity: How to make your lab more inclusive (part 2)

6/17/2020
Careers columnist Elizabeth Stivison completes a two-part series for principal investigators who want to make their labs more inclusive to neurodiverse members.
Neurodiversity: How to make your lab more inclusive (part 1)
Professional Development

Neurodiversity: How to make your lab more inclusive (part 1)

5/22/2020
Careers columnist Elizabeth Stivison begins a two-part series for principal investigators who want to make their labs more inclusive to neurodiverse members.
Academic job exploration: the core facility manager
Jobs

Academic job exploration: the core facility manager

5/1/2020
Careers columnist Elizabeth Stivison interviewed Theresa Swayne, the manager of the confocal and specialized microscopy core facility at Columbia University, to learn about her job.
A new city, a new job and a global pandemic
Essay

A new city, a new job and a global pandemic

4/9/2020
Elizabeth Stivison and her dog, Milo, moved from New York City to Nashville Tennessee, for her postdoc at Vanderbilt University. Within weeks, she narrowly escaped a tornado and COVID-19 turned the world upside-down.
Making the leap: How do PIs start their own labs?
Jobs

Making the leap: How do PIs start their own labs?

3/20/2020
Careers columnist Elizabeth Stivison talked to PIs to learn how they started their labs — from where their ideas came from to the logistics of transitioning from postdoc to prof.
From the journals: MCP
Journal News

From the journals: MCP

3/18/2020
New therapeutic targets for hyperactive mTOR, a SPEEDy way to prepare mass spec samples, and a new program to identify and validate citrullinated peptides. Read about these recent papers in the journal Molecular & Cellular Proteomics.
Up your presentation game
Professional Development

Up your presentation game

2/28/2020
These resources will help you give talks people want to listen to.
Overview of academic research, teaching and other positions
Jobs

Overview of academic research, teaching and other positions

2/7/2020
Our careers columnist investigated all the academic job titles she could find to understand what the options are for people looking to participate in research and teaching at colleges and universities.
Yang follows the science where it takes her
Award

Yang follows the science where it takes her

2/5/2020
During her Ph.D., JBC/Tabor award winner Cindy Yang studied the health effects of astaxanthin, an antioxidant carotenoid compound found in algae.
Taking vacations as a Ph.D. student
Jobs

Taking vacations as a Ph.D. student

1/17/2020
"Was I essentially asking for a favor whenever I asked for days off? Or, conversely, was I an idiot by not taking advantage of this unusually free time in my life because I didn’t take vacations all the time?"
From the journals: MCP
Journal News

From the journals: MCP

1/3/2020
Articles in the journal Molecular & Cellular Proteomics report peptide signatures for ID'g bacteria. the first evidence of phosphorylation in Francisella tularensis, how pathogenic phleboviruses bud and exit host cells, and more.
Ups and downs of the adjunct faculty position
Jobs

Ups and downs of the adjunct faculty position

12/26/2019
Our careers columnist examines the pros and cons of the adjunct job: At times it can be a great choice, and at times it ends up being a bad deal.
Becoming an active citizen and scientist
Annual Meeting

Becoming an active citizen and scientist

12/1/2019
Ray Blind, a JLR junior associate editor, studies nonmembrane lipids and aims to help students who, like him, didn’t grow up in an elite academic world.
How to find a postdoctoral research position
Jobs

How to find a postdoctoral research position

11/26/2019
Postdoctoral positions in many cases are a springboard for future independent research as an independent academic researcher, but you can move into industry or other careers afterward, too.
Technicians and lab managers play essential roles in academic research labs
Jobs

Technicians and lab managers play essential roles in academic research labs

11/8/2019
Sometimes people think of a technician position as one you might take for a few years after college, and that can be the case for some people. However, senior technicians and lab managers can play important long-term roles in labs.
Winding path leads to plant enzyme breakthrough
Award

Winding path leads to plant enzyme breakthrough

11/1/2019
Manajit Hayer–Hartl has won the 2020 ASBMB–Merck Award for her work synthesizing plant RuBisCo in E. coli.
Academic jobs in the field of microbiology
Jobs

Academic jobs in the field of microbiology

10/16/2019
This careers column focuses on academic jobs available to study microbiology, the microbiome of the soil and water, and the symbiotic and pathogenic interactions of the microbiome with humans, plants, and animals.
From the journals: October 2019
Journal News

From the journals: October 2019

10/1/2019
What’s the role of ECM proteins in heart regeneration? How can an acid be converted to boost biofuel production? How does the “many ceramides” hypothesis lead to new tools for studying sphingolipid metabolism? Read about these questions and more.
Biochem, with a side of advocacy
Student Chapters

Biochem, with a side of advocacy

6/1/2019
As founder of the ASBMB Student Chapter at the College of New Jersey, Kelly McAleer turns her longstanding passion for science and science advocacy into action.
Kuhlman solves protein puzzles with a modeling program
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Kuhlman solves protein puzzles with a modeling program

4/1/2019
The work of Brian Kuhlman can be described broadly as using computers and computational biology to model protein interactions. He uses the molecular modeling software Rosetta for protein interface design, antibody assembly and engineering photoactiv…
From art to proteomics: a path to science
Annual Meeting

From art to proteomics: a path to science

3/1/2019
Jenn Abelin is one of four young investigators chosen by the editorial team of the journal Molecular & Cellular Proteomics to present their research at the ASBMB annual meeting.
Student Chapter president sees value in campus groups
Student Chapters

Student Chapter president sees value in campus groups

1/1/2019
Investigative and medical sciences major Victoria Mak balances a full load of classes and a boatload of extracurricular activities at St. Louis University.
Chapter leader finds his niche
Student Chapters

Chapter leader finds his niche

10/1/2018
Jacob Crosser, former president of the Purdue University ASBMB Student Chapter, started college thinking he wanted to study engineering, then he discovered biochemistry.